Reid Viewed Unfavorably By 51 Percent In Nevada Poll

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is viewed unfavorably by most likely voters in his home state of Nevada, according to a poll published today (Monday).

Reid's favorable rating was 32 percent, compared with 51 percent unfavorable and 15 percent neutral, according to the survey by Washington-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Reid is still slightly more well-liked than Governor Jim Gibbons, who was viewed favorably by 30 percent, compared to 29 percent who viewed him unfavorably.

The poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal asked 625 likely voters from around the state whether they recognized a politician's name and their opinion of that person.

The telephone survey, conducted October 9th to 11th, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

In early May, Reid was seen favorably by 46 percent and unfavorably by 42 percent in a similar poll.

The ratings slide for Reid coincides with his taking the Democratic leadership after his re-election in 2004 with 61 percent of the vote.

It marked the first time in the series that his unfavorable rating was higher than his favorable number.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas political scientist David Damore said Reid's position as top Democrat continues to hurt him, as it makes him a punching bag for Republicans nationally.